Poetry Tuesday: On the Birth of His Son

By Su Tung-p’o (China, 1036-1101)

Politics never changes. . .

Families, when a child is born
Want it to be intelligent.
I, through intelligence,
Having wrecked my whole life,
Only hope the baby will prove
Ignorant and stupid.
Then he will crown a tranquil life
By becoming a cabinet minister.

;o)

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